Arts & Museums
This museum showcases the city life of Stockholm in the early 1500s. You will find exhibitions depicting different building techniques, recordings of choirs singing in Latin, as well as the distinct odor of tar and dried fish, which were prevalent during the era. Interactive slide shows help spark the imagination, and bring forth interesting aspects of the era. You can pick up souvenirs, such as music CDs, jewelry, and ceramics from the gift shop.
This museum is a great place to see art and artifacts from the ancient Mediterranean civilizations. The pride of the museum is the Cypriot collection, proclaimed as the largest collection of native art outside Cyprus. Other impressive artifacts date back to the times of the Egyptian Pharaohs, and early civilizations in Cyprus, Greece and Rome.
This museum calls itself the world's only museum of dance, and rightfully so. Located close to the Royal Opera House, the museum features costumes and memorabilia of dance performances in Stockholm, including the original costumes of the Russian Ballet in Paris designed by such artists as Bakst, Debunay and Matisse. But for those not interested in the discipline of ballet, there are plenty of spicy and soulful international dance styles to choose from. The museum also houses excellent archives and a study center for international folk dance. There is a cafe and shop offering a wide display of videos for sale. Please check the website for timings.
If you have tried to achieve perfect artistry inside your home but haven't been successful, then get in touch with Björn Wetterling. He has designed art and furniture in combinations that either complement or are contrasting to each other. His gallery is full of fresh ideas.
Apart from having a good collection of contemporary and fine art, the gallery, which opened in 1899, has an interesting history and makes a distinctive architectural statement with its Moorish style. Carl Larsson was the first chairman of the gallery's art club. The saying 'Art lives long and life is short' is inscribed in Konstnärshuset. A brief walk from Östermalmstorg will lead you to this artistic gallery.
The Hallwylska Museum is a private palace and has an extensive collection of fine art and antiques, that were donated to the Swedish State in 1920. Architect Isak Gustaf Clason built the house between 1893-1898 and its interior is famous for its Baroque and Rococo styles. This museum provides a unique insight into the lifestyles of an upper middle class family of the early 1900s. There are only guided tours, so call beforehand for information.
The Finnish Institute displays exhibitions by Finnish artists all year round. It also organizes concerts and seminars on special occasions. The library at the institute is well-stacked with over 10000 books, magazines, and CDs for public reference.
This unique museum, situated just east of the old city, is devoted to Sweden's rich history as a center of toy production. Though most people think of Danish toy giant Lego when they think of Scandinavian toys, Sweden has been no slouch in turning out playthings throughout modern history. This museum is perfect for children or simply those interested in history and design.
This is Sweden's largest art museum, with a collection that dates back to the 16th and 20th centuries. The collection has been gradually built through purchases, gifts and spoils of war, during the country's era as a military power in the 17th century. It includes fantastic paintings and sculptures by Rembrandt, Rubens, Boucher, Renoir, Degas and Gauguin and the Swedish masters Anders Zorn and Carl Larsson. There are also significant collections of drawings, engravings and handicrafts from the Renaissance to the present day. The museum should definitely be on your travel itinerary and even if you're not an art lover, the sheer beauty of the building is worth a look. Call ahead to know more.
The Stockholm Music and Theater Museum is home to over 6,000 instruments from Asia, Africa and Europe. This 100 year old museum houses a large assortment of Swedish folk instruments as well. You'll also find a comprehensive archive of Swedish musicians and their work during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Other attractions include a special section dedicated to electric guitars and a sound workshop where you can gain an understanding of the principles of musical sound. There are also sections that children will enjoy. One of them allows children to compose their own music. Entry free for children under 19. Check the website for time schedule.
What is now known as the Blue Tower, was once author and playwright August Strindberg's (1849-1912) residence and workplace during the last four years of his life. The museum is essentially a reconstruction of his apartment, and features, an extensive exhibit of the works he completed while living and working here. The museum also offers a fair amount of insight into Strindberg's troubled personal life, and a comprehensive library of his works.